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  1. @_fluffy Agreed. I think most people have a set way of working, so they customise their tools accordingly (at least, a lot of people I know, including myself, do that). I don't see the point in resetting the tools to default for any reason other than when you do it yourself manually. It's almost like if every time you got into your car you had to readjust the seat, the rear view mirror, the music volume, airconitioning, etc, instead of it just being the way that you left it.
  2. It would be incredibly beneficial to one's workflow if any and all tool settings were remembered when switching tools, or restarting the apps. All tools with customisable settings should retain their specified settings. If, for instance, I'm working on a document and I'm using the Flood Fill Tool set up at 99% tolerance, the Freehand Selection Tool with the "Add" setting with Anti-Aliasing unchecked, and the Floor Selection tool at 1px tolerance and I close the app to work on some other client tasks like replying to emails, etc, when I reopen the app to carry on working, everything has been reverted to the default settings. Then I need to go through each tool I'm using to customise the settings all over again, and I can't always remember the exact settings I used. I think the Brush Tool already remembers the last used settings, but why not the rest? I think that having the ability to customise the settings in the Context Toolbar is awesome, but they should always remember those custom settings when switching documents, switching tools (like the Freehand Selection Tool resets to default "New" every time you switch to another tool and back), and when closing and reopening the app. Having those settings be remembered by the app will really give the user the opportunity to customise the apps for their way of working, and then keep it that way until THEY decide to change them. I feel like this would be a very easy, but incredibly useful feature to implement.
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    Tablet Stylus Accuracy Issue

    @Chris B Ah man, that's a bummer. I can't imagine what could be causing it, but I don't have this issue in Photoshop at all (or any other apps). For what it's worth, I work fairly quickly, and it feels a bit like the tablet can't keep up in a way, and sometimes lags a bit from my last task (like clicking a layer) over to the new one (like drawing on the artboard). Hopefully we can get to the bottom of this. If I notice anything else that may be of help to the developers, I'll be sure to comment here.
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    Tablet Stylus Accuracy Issue

    Hi @Chris B Yeah, unfortunately it's kind of a biggie, as working with the tablet is a huge part of my work - as in, I couldn't do my work without it (and I'm sure I'm not the only one). I am working with a tablet that has a display/screen (Yiynova MVP22U - http://www.yiynova.eu), but it's also prevalent with other tablets too, such as the Wacom Cintiq 13HD (which also has a display/screen). I am almost certain that it is the same issue that's causing the weird lasso selections I mentioned earlier and logged as a post. There is a big issue with how Affinity inaccurately interprets stylus/pen inputs from tablets, and it's causing all kinds of havoc. As I've mentioned a few times, none of my other apps have this issue, it's only in Affinity, so it's definitely linked to the apps specifically. In my other post you were also able to recreate the freehand selection issue, so it's definitely not just me experiencing weird behaviour regarding stylus input. For what it's worth, I've realised that using Hej Stylus (https://hejstylus.com) does help to eliminate the Freehand Selection issue from earlier, but it's only a temporary fix until it's fixed within the apps. Unfortunately it doesn't solve the greater issue, but it at least makes the Freehand Selection Tool somewhat manageable for the moment. I believe that Hej Stylus is overriding the default stylus input within Affinity, which is helping to smooth it out again, but sadly it doesn't solve the 'sticky' clicks, or the other issues I've addressed in this post. The fact that so many other graphics apps don't have this issue makes me think that there must be an easy fix for it - perhaps a small, unnoticed bit of wrong coding in the apps or something. Please keep me in the loop regarding this topic, because I've been having to subscribe to, and use, Photoshop CC for a few recent projects as Affinity has become quite difficult to work with when using my tablet. I'm really hoping for a fix soon so that I can get back to using Photo for my work! If there's any way that I can assist in getting to the bottom of this issue, please let me know. I can even send you my email address if it would be easier for you to contact me in that way. I'm getting a bit desperate here, so I'm more than happy to help in any way that I can.
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    Tablet Stylus Accuracy Issue

    Here's another screen recording which more clearly shows how the the app doesn't register where I'm clicking when/where I click accurately: https://youtu.be/0Le_ZaCTTyA As I mentioned in the first post/comment, the cursor registers that I'm clicking, but it doesn't register that I'm clicking on the opacity slider.
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    Tablet Stylus Accuracy Issue

    Here's another look at what also happens because of this - I've done a screen recording for reference. It causes my clicks to be 'sticky', as in, the app doesn't register where I'm clicking, and then when I click it sometimes holds that click, even after I lift my stylus from my tablet. In the video you can see me trying to select a layer multiple times, but the app is not registering that I'm clicking (but the screen recording clearly shows each click). When I finally manage to select the layer, the app think I still have my tablet stylus 'clicked' on the layer when i try to draw, and as I draw the app thinks I'm trying to move the layer instead of using my brush to draw. Direct link to the screen recording: https://youtu.be/KJmXMwAKHhk
  7. I've touched on this bug quite a lot in an earlier post about the lasso/freehand selection tool, but this is a different bug, seemingly caused by a similar (if not the same) issue. There seems to be a precision/accuracy bug exclusive to Affinity which causes my drawing tablet(s) (Yiynova MVP22U, Wacom Cintiq 13HD, and Wacom Intuos Pro) to not line up where I place my stylus/cursor correctly. Where I place my stylus on my tablet shows the cursor on screen in the correct place, but the app doesn't register that it's in that spot on the screen. I've heard this echoed by pretty much every other user who also uses a drawing tablet for their work in the apps. As I mentioned, this only happens in Affinity, and is not an issue at all in other graphics applications. The result of the bug causes my cursor to react a few pixels away from where it is actually placed, but not all of the time. This makes it really difficult to sometimes select small buttons (like for example, the layer opacity slider) as when I click on the opacity slider, Affinity seems to think that my cursor is not on it. This leaves me having to repeatedly click in the same spot until my cursor finally realign/register correctly. Sometimes I need to lift my cursor and wait a few seconds (almost like I need to give the app a change to think first) before it lines up correctly to where my pen is. This is definitely linked to a bug relating to the accuracy of my stylus/tablet pen within the apps (all three do this, Photo, Designer, and Publisher). This is not linked to my tablet's screen calibration, as the only time when I experience this is when using Affinity apps. It causes quite a lot of unnecessary delays and inaccurate selection, which is a real workflow killer. What this also causes is intermittent delays from when I start drawing or working with my stylus. For instance, if I select the freehand selection tool and start creating a selection, it will sometimes delay for a few pixels after I've started drawing the line before it registers that I'm creating a selection. Hopefully that makes sense - let me know if you need more clarity. It's kind of a big issue not having that exact precision when using a drawing tablet with Affinity apps, as they're excessively used by (quite possibly) a majority of Affinity users. Sorting this out would have a monumental positive impact on anyone and everyone using your apps with a drawing tablet. I've seen there is a "High precision tablet input (experimental)" in preferences, but it's only available to Windows users for some reason, and I'm using an iMac. I think this could be a step towards the solution, however, I'm unable to access this feature with my iMac. Will this be included in a future update for Apple users too, or potentially baked into the coding/development? I don't see why you would not want high tablet precision when working with professional design software - it almost seems odd that there's a preference for this instead of just having it as part of the apps by default. For what it's worth, here's the post I previously put up about the stylus inaccuracy: Hopefully this helps resolve this issue!
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    For what it's worth, if you guys can sort out the stylus input and pressure accuracy: https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/93763-whole-pixels/ ...add dithering to your soft brushes: https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/96579-soft-brush-banding/ ...and add Dissolve as a blend more, I'm willing to put time aside to create a full custom illustration just for Affinity to say thank you, which you can do with as you please. Heck, I'll even release the working file if you want. You're welcome to screenshot this comment and hold me to it! I so badly want to use Affinity software 100% of the time, but these key features/issues are making it really difficult to make a full switch, because they all have a significant impact on workflow as well as the final appearance of the work.
  9. I've brought this up a few times on the forums, but (and I'm getting desperate here) pleeeease add Dissolve to the Blend Modes list for layers and brushes - pretty pretty please! The tedious workarounds to achieve this effect simply aren't the same, and not nearly as effective. Dissolve is the easiest way to turn any, otherwise normal, brush into an amazing textural experience, and was one of the most used features for me in Photoshop. Dissolve played such a big role in my work that I've had to adapt my style completely after switching to Affinity, and I miss it dearly. I even took the time to record this little screen recording I'm working on to show why it works so well in Photoshop (just watch at 2x speed to save time): https://youtu.be/pywfxxuXaCc All I used in the video was a plain old, run-of-the-mill soft/feathered brush, but with Dissolve set as the blend mode. As you can see, it instantly becomes a magnificent texturing machine which has SO many practical applications, especially in creating digital illustrations. I've also seen it used excessively by some really big names in the creative industry, such as Matt Taylor (http://www.matttaylor.co.uk) and Studio Muti (https://studiomuti.co.za), just to name two heavy-hitters. I can't imagine it being very difficult to add another blend mode to the list, and I've been checking for new beta's daily hoping that dissolve made the list of added features. Please add it, for me, for others, and even for this poor, misunderstood zombie dude who would have been lacking a lot of gritty shading if I had painted him in Affinity without dissolve.
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    Weird Brush Size Increments

    Awesome, glad to hear it! *Another tool that I often hear people talk about is a dedicated Rotation tool, so that you can easily rotate the image/canvas while you work/draw/paint instead of having to add in a custom keyboard shortcut.
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    Weird Brush Size Increments

    @fde101 Wow, that's quite an elaborate analysis, haha. But you're totally right. It doesn't really matter which pattern is used, the increments should remain consistent when sizing up and sizing back down, and with no decimal spaces for pixel brushes. @Chris B Thank you for clarifying! 15% does seem a bit odd (I still feel using ascending increments of 1, 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, etc is a more practical for pixel/raster work), but it's not a train smash, rather just something to get used to. As I mentioned in my reply to fde101's comment, I think it would just be nice if there was a way to keep consistency when sizing up and/or down. When I use the brackets to size up and then down again it would be far nicer if I ended up with the same value as what I started with. I believe most apps (in fact, pretty much all design/art/photo editing apps) work in this way, and I guess there's a good reason why - it works well. Perhaps, like fde101 said, this could be a good thing to consider adding to the Preferences, where you can pick what sizing unit you use (mm, pt, px, percentage, etc) as well as the increment value for sizing up and down. Again, not a train smash, but it would be a nice touch, and would also make new users feel a lot more at home as it would be similar the other apps they use, or have used in before Affinity. ~ Side note: I've recommended Affinity to a lot of my illustration and design friends, and some love it, but I've noticed that the ones who couldn't get accustomed to using it usually listed the subtle differences as their primary reason. Small things that are often taken for granted in other apps, like the odd decimal brush increments; not being able to hold Shift for the freehand selection tool to add to the selection; the freehand selection tool resetting the settings (New, Add, Subtract, Intersect) every time you use the tool; not being able to select a custom cursor for you brush (like a single pixel dot, or crosshair only for precision painting); not being able to left click on the artboard to toggle the brushes panel, the hold and release shortcut to quickly switch between tools (eg. Brush Tool and Eraser), etc. Humans are creatures of habit, so the more at home you can make them feel when using the apps the more likely they are to stick around. Definitely not criticising Affinity in any way (Affinity is my number 1 tool, I love the apps!), but just some food for thought.
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    Enable Transform Origin Bug

    @MEB I think there might be a slight misunderstanding. It's really straight forward, but a bit tricky to explain in words. Basically when "Enable Transform Origin" is on, the center/origin rotation point jumps around to strange areas every time I create a new selection, instead of just defaulting to the center of that new selection. Often times this rotation point will even jump way off of the artboard, in which case I need to zoom far out to just to find where it is, and then drag it back to where it's meant to be. I've recorded a quick screen cap to show you what I mean. You can see that it's in the center at the start, but when I make a new selection it jumps to a totally different spot every time. https://youtu.be/WNpIV0aH9KM
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    "D" Key not working to reset fills.

    Ah, this makes sense - I have many custom shortcuts on my side. Thank you for confirming!
  14. When using the brush tool in Affinity apps I always get very odd brush size increments when using the square bracket ( [ ] ) keys to change the brush size. If I use a 10px brush and use "]" to size it up one increment, it doesn't go to the expected 15px, but rather to 11,5 px. And then, if I press the "[" key to size the brush back down to 10px from 11,5px, it randomly ends up at 9,8px (?). Pressing "]" three times from 9px results in 9px, 10,4px, 11,9px, and 13,7px, instead of the expected 9px, 10px, 15px, and 20px values. I find this a bit strange, as I feel that decimal pixel values for brush sizes make little to no difference, and it's just generally odd that using the square brackets to change brush sizes doesn't just use rounded increments - I hate mentioning Photoshop as a reference example, but if if ain't broke... For instance, using the brackets between the values 1px and 10px should only change the brush size in increments of 1px (1,2,3,4,5px...), anything between 10px and 50px should change in increments of 5px (10, 15, 20, 25, 30px...), anything between 50px and 100px should change in increments of 10px (50, 60, 70, 80, 90px...), anything between 100px and 200px should change in increments of 25px (100, 125, 150, 200px), then 50px, and anything above 300px should change in increments of 100px every time you press the square bracket(s). Is there a significance to these weird, decimal pixel increment values? If so, is there a way to change it back to something more normal/user friendly?
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    "D" Key not working to reset fills.

    @Chris B Thank you so much! I wasn't aware that I could create a custom shortcut for that. For what it's worth, there was no shortcut assigned to it by default on my side, I had to manually go to Preferences and set it up under the keyboard shortcuts section. Not a big deal at all, as I didn't realise I could set it up myself, but I guess it would be nice if it were on by default.